Jeans are a staple in every woman's wardrobe. They can be dressed up or dressed down, and I love them because they go with practically any top. But finding the perfect pair of jeans is no easy task. Brooke Otte, junior denim and casual bottoms buyer for Gordmans, says the best way to start your search is by trying on different styles and brands to get an idea of what looks, fits and feels best for your body type.

Material

Often denim can be stiff and uncomfortable, but there are other options that may help with that issue. There are denim materials that can provide the feel and fit of leggings, but the look of jeans.

Stretch denim is one option. It forms to your body and may provide a more comfortable fit than a traditional structured denim.

Trends

Brooke Otte says that deconstructed, or distressed, denim looks like it will continue to be a trend for jeans in 2017. Colored jeans and accented jeans also look like they’ll stay popular this year.

Where to shop

If you’re looking for your perfect pair of jeans, department stores give you the perfect setting to try out a wide variety of different brands and styles without having to move from store to store.

Body type

The most important thing when you’re shopping for jeans, no matter your body type, is how you feel. If the jeans fit, are comfortable and allow you to move with ease, then you’ve found your perfect pair.